And pausing to listen.
Because it is a small world, after all,
and the internet keeps making it smaller.
Social media becomes a too-crowded room
where everybody’s in everybody’s business,
and three square meals of outrage
are served every day.
For dessert we have your choice:
a call to arms, a call for slander,
a call to harm.
The world is full of terrible things,
heartbreaking stories of inhumanity.
Mankind is flawed and we want perfection,
or at least the appearance of it on our screen.
We want everything our way,
the only way, the best way,
and tout this using words
from the list we’re allowed to say.
Celebrity rules and we feed it with our frenzy.
The throng and the masses have all the answers
and nothing ever changes.
In the minds of the mob,
silent observation becomes the same as cowardice.
Working behind the scenes
is seen as indifference.
Not speaking out, even if you agree,
makes you less than those who do.
Yet if you speak out and say the wrong thing,
you will be thrashed or hunted or publicly shamed
with a virtual scarlet letter.
The answers always lie
between the lines.